We all have had a time in our life when it doesn’t feel like God is listening to our prayers. Sometimes that is God purposely not answering to test us, other times it is our own doing in how we are living for Him.
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. 6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
This psalm reveals the kind of persons who will be heard by God in times of trouble. They must have a personal relationship of trust in God (verses 5 and 8), an earnest desire for God’s help (verses 1, 3, 6) and a godly lifestyle (verses 3-5).
In order to have assurance that God will answer our call for help, we must sincerely endeavor to live a godly life. In Proverbs 15:29, it says that the Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Then in John 9:31, John says that God doesn’t hear the prayers of sinners but worshipers of God that do His Will will be heard. Again in John, John 15:7, if we abide in Jesus and His words abide of us we can ask and it will be done unto us. This doesn’t mean God is our genie that grants us what we want. If we are focused on God’s Will, we will be asking that His Will be done. When your perspective changes, so does your desires. Those who faithfully devote themselves to God have been set apart as His own treasured possession. When we belong to God, we can appeal to Him as our protector and provider (Heb 10:22; 1 John 3:21-22).
Take Home Message
When we feel like our prayers are not being answered, we need to ensure we are trusting God and not trying to do everything on our own. We must truly want God’s help and we must be living a godly lifestyle. If we’re living in sin, then as Proverbs 15:29 says, the Lord is far from the wicked.
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